Charlie Mitchell (footballer)

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Charlie Mitchell
Personal information
Date of birth (1948-05-18) 18 May 1948 (age 74)
Place of birth Paisley, Scotland
Position(s) Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
St Mirren F.C.
1969 Sudbury Italia
1970–1975 Rochester Lancers 121 (5)
1976 New York Cosmos 7 (0)
1977 Team Hawaii 23 (0)
1978 Tulsa Roughnecks 25 (0)
1979 Toronto Blizzard 30 (0)
Teams managed
1977 Team Hawaii
1980–1981 Tulsa Roughnecks
1996–2005 Northeastern State RiverHawks (men & women)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Charlie Mitchell is a Scottish American former soccer defender and coach. He played ten seasons in the North American Soccer League from 1970 to 1979.

Club career[edit]

Mitchell played for St Mirren F.C. in his native Scotland.[1] In 1969, he played in the National Soccer League with Sudbury Italia.[2]

He joined the Rochester Lancers of the NASL in 1970. The Lancers won the NASL championship in 1970, and Mitchell was named an NASL all-star. He was an NASL second-team all-star in 1971 and 1975, and an honorable mention all-star in 1972 and 1974.[3] In 1977, he was named to the Rochester Lancers Team of the Decade.[4]

In 1976 Mitchell moved to the New York Cosmos,[5] where he had an assist on a spectacular bicycle kick goal scored by his teammate Pelé in a game against the Miami Toros.[1]

In 1977 Mitchell played for Team Hawaii, where he became player-manager in mid-season.[6] Team Hawaii moved to Tulsa in 1978 and became the Tulsa Roughnecks; Mitchell was the only player Tulsa retained from the Hawaii roster.[7]

Mitchell played the 1979 season for the Toronto Blizzard,[5] and finished his NASL playing career with a total of 206 NASL regular-season games and nine NASL playoff games.[3] He also served as an assistant coach for Toronto throughout the season.[2]

Coaching career[edit]

After ending his playing career, Mitchell returned to Tulsa as manager of the Roughnecks.[6] The 1980 team finished with a 15-17 record and lost to the Cosmos in the first round of the playoffs. His 1981 team started with an 11-10 record, but in July 1981, Mitchell was replaced by his assistant Terry Hennessey. Sports Illustrated reported that this was due to team management's dissatisfaction with the Roughnecks' low-scoring offense.[8]

Later career[edit]

Mitchell remained a popular figure in Tulsa, as a participant in local youth soccer programs,[9] and as a sports bar-restaurant operator.[10] He coached the men's and women's soccer teams at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma for nine years[11] until his resignation in June 2005.[12]


  1. ^ a b "Head Coach Charlie Mitchell"[permanent dead link] biography in 2004 Northeastern State University soccer press guide (retrieved May 2, 2009).
  2. ^ a b Labow, Jefferey (February 22, 1979). "Charlie Mitchell to help coach Toronto Blizzard". The Globe and Mail. p. 46.
  3. ^ a b Hall of Fame eligibility profile Archived 2016-01-23 at the Wayback Machine at National Soccer Hall of Fame official website (retrieved May 2, 2009)
  4. ^ Lewis, Michael (3 August 1977). "Lancers can win title only by optimum output". Democrat and Chronicle. p. 50.
  5. ^ a b North American Soccer League player registry Archived 2009-03-02 at the Wayback Machine at National Soccer Hall of Fame official website (retrieved May 2, 2009).
  6. ^ a b North American Soccer League coaches registry Archived 2010-07-11 at the Wayback Machine at National Soccer Hall of Fame official website (retrieved May 4, 2009).
  7. ^ Randy Krehbiel, "Soccer team's success wasn't easy", Tulsa World, September 15, 2002.
  8. ^ "A Roundup Of The Week June 29-July 5", Sports Illustrated, July 13, 1981.
  9. ^ "Youth Soccer Provides Fun, Fitness, Opportunity" Archived 2011-07-11 at the Wayback Machine, Greater Tulsa Reporter (retrieved May 2, 2009).
  10. ^ Jimmie Tramel, "Roughnecks a colorful, talented group", Tulsa World, June 26, 2006.
  11. ^ Glen Hibdon, "College: NSU team might be best ever", Tulsa World, September 29, 2004.
  12. ^ "Sports FYI", Tulsa World, June 10, 2005.

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